La Crosse had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-1 win over Rochester.
La Crosse got the win with help from a great game by Matt Wolter, who had one goal and two assists. Wolter scored on the power play 19:05 into the first period to make the score 2-0 La Crosse. A holding penalty on Ian Smyth had put La Crosse on the power play. Daniel Toycen assisted on the tally.
La Crosse\’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Rochester power plays. La Crosse kept Rochester\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Kyle Plantz made 44 saves on 51 shots. La Crosse surpassed its usual scoring output this season. La Crosse averages 3.6 goals per game. Team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.
La Crosse also got points from Toycen, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Jerame Schuetzle, who also had two goals and one assist to lead the team in points. La Crosse also got a goal from Hunter Breza as well. More assists for La Crosse came via Daylon De Souza, who had two and JP Eykyn, Ben Johnson, Jared Bromberg, Ben Henderson, and Kadin Machusak, who each chipped in one.
Rochester found itself short handed often, totaling 29 penalty minutes and allowing seven power plays.
Andrew Wagner rejected 24 shots on goal for La Crosse. La Crosse incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.